Skip to comments.Finland wins bronze over U.S. in men's hockey
Posted on 02/22/2014 10:33:33 AM PST by rickmichaels
It was over in a flash. A Finnish Flash. For Team USA, however, it was more like a flash finish.
Team Finland scored two goals in 11 seconds early in the second period to snap a 0-0 tie en route to a 5-0 victory in the bronze medal game Saturday.
Veteran Teemu Selanne, playing in his 35th Olympic hockey game, scored two goals including the game-winner to lead Finland. It was a wonderful conclusion to what has been a splendid Olympic hockey career for a classy gentleman.
Selanne scored on a nifty backhand shot at 1:27 of the second period and then off the ensuing faceoff, the Finns charged into the American zone with Jussi Jokinen, notching his second goal of the Olympic tournament. That was the game.
The United States generated very few quality scoring chances in the game as the Finns appeared to have a tad more interest in the outcome of the game.
The Finns added three third-period goals to ensure the victory.
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Canada outplayed the US yesterday and the US really didn't look like they wanted the bronze - Finland clearly did.
The NHL may say they don't want their players in the next Olympics, but the KHL will, and it will be interesting to see (if) our college kids play European pros like they did "back in the day"
Olympic Finnish a Bylsmal for the USA
I’d like to see YOU play Canada and Finland back-to-back, within 24 hrs.
You don’t know anything about hockey. Going forward, keep your opinions to yourself.
I think U.S. collegiate players would match up well against European professionals. One big difference between today and the days before NHL players competed in the Olympics is that most of the top European players are in the NHL right now -- and they wouldn't be able to compete for their home countries if the NHL involvement came to an end.
Sure, the KHL is the one league that can get some top-level talent ... but most of the top Russian players are in the NHL right now (Ilya Kovalchuk is one key exception).
If the U.S. were to put together a national team months in advance of the Olympics comprised of NCAA players and junior players drafted by NHL teams but not yet ready for the NHL, I think they'd do surprisingly well in the Olympics.
Finland played Sweden yesterday too.
Disappointing for sure but the Boys gave us a great show during the prelims. Amazing how the offense completely shut down the last two games though.
That’s not a win....that’s an embarrassment.
They need to be hiding their faces in shame.
Some of the women’s hockey was good. Very nice feminine clean cut young ladies especially Switzerland> No butch cuts. They all had long hair pulled back away from their faces.
Being fourth among 236 countries playing ice hockey is not all that bad!
I don't know if I'd call the performance "gutless," but the U.S. sure looked like they "mailed it in" on this one. Even the commentators on NBC before the game said this might be the case. Since the NHL began allowing their players to compete in the Olympics, the U.S. has a reputation for being something of a "Gold or nothing" team.
This is why their only medals since 1980 were silver (2002 and 2010) ... because in both of those Olympics they managed to get to the final game and were still in gold medal contention when they lost.
Thanks for the ping.
The good news is that the team won’t be getting any late night visits from the IRS.
So the U.S. is really #4 out of six teams, not 236. I can't think of too many U.S. hockey players who take pride in the fact that their team is better than the national teams of Italy, Greece or Japan.
the bigger picture is this: our country is in a malaise that we can't shake.....our economny stinks, we're being treated like cattle and our govt has taken away our freedoms...we worry about our kids, our grandkids and our selves....
once, if ever, we rid ourselves of this shackle, it'll be like our hostages coming home to Yellow ribbons and the Berlin wall being yanked down....
so help us GOD....
They play ice hockey in Africa?
Finland has a great system for playing on the big ice surfaces. Some top tier talent as well.
Being the first or last not getting the joke, on the other hand, is really bad!
The hell with the Olympics! We need World Series and Super Bowels in all sports where “world champions” will always be American!
Reminds me of the days when the Soviet team would walk through the preliminary round by beating teams like Poland and Japan by 20-0 scores. I mean -- how do teams like that end up in the same tournament?
And the Finns have medaled in 6 of the last 8 Olympics.
I'm not sure what would be more comical here -- if this was a type-o or if it was deliberate. ROFL.
Seriously now, was Jamaica competing in Sochi this time?
BTW..thanks for the great job you did with these Olympics. It's appreciated.
And yet Finland has never won an Olympic gold medal in hockey. Go figure.
And why not?
They lost in protest, so Obama’s IRS couldn’t be getting any money for the Olympic medals.
But they beat the Russians and that’s a good thing and something they should be proud of.
They had one bobsled team, that’s it.
I still think we’re better off with a team of amateurs that spend a year before the Games learning to play together...You can’t just put a team of all-stars together in two weeks and expect them to gel.
Where is Africa (you do know Africa in not a ‘nation”. . .right?)
Well, yes...you are correct. There IS that.
“They play ice hockey in Africa? “
You’ve never watched the Somalian Sonics? :-)
Awwwwwww. I taped the game but haven’t watched it. Might not, now.
Congrats to Teemu!
1. The season-ending injury to the Islanders' John Tavares, the third-leading scorer in the NHL entering the Olympic break, illustrates a major problem for NHL teams with these tournaments. Most general managers in the NHL hate the Olympics for this reason.
2. The NHL's leadership isn't convinced that interrupting the NHL season for two weeks is a net positive for the league. Sure, they get a lot of exposure for hockey in general ... but there's no certainty that this translates to the bottom line of the NHL.
3. One big issue that's seen more discussion this year than in prior years is that the IOC and IIHF do not provide any concessions at all to the NHL. The NHL does not get any benefits from the Olympics in terms of licensing, promotional concessions, or anything of that sort. In fact, I believe the NHL wasn't even allowed to stream any video from the Olympics on its cable network or its website.
4. The 2018 Winter Olympics are going to be held in South Korea. As with these Sochi games, the time difference with North America is going to be something on the order of 6-12 hours (depending on your time zone). The lack of any live prime-time television coverage of medal round hockey games will diminish the interest of the NHL substantially. In terms of TV exposure, there's a huge difference between broadcasting a USA-Canada game from Vancouver or Salt Lake City and broadcasting it from Asia.
I’m sure the Russians agree with you!
Worked in 1980, didn’t it?
Jonathan Quick agrees with me.
Jonathan Quick rips Team USA’s effort in loss to Finland
It sure did. That was just one reason why the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” probably wasn’t as big an upset as it was made out to be at the time.
They beat the Russkies.
I whipped the Finns...at shuffleboard. I got called for slashing.
Makes you wonder about just how good Finland could have been if they were totally healthy. All four of the centers they originally selected for their roster ended up missing most or all of these Olympics with injuries, including Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula.
Didn't Finland play Sweden, the NUMBER ONE SEED, and the USA back to back, within 24 hours?
Talk about stupid opinions, mook.
A+ for you!
Thanks, and it’s not even WFTD!
I said I wasn’t going to second-guess Bylsma about the goaltender choice, and it’s not you went with who got you there, and again, you can’t win without goal support (unless you pitch a double shutout). However, it’s probably going to solidify the opinion of some that this coach can’t get a team over the hump despite immense talent